Backpacking this Weekend

I'm writing this on Thursday night as my family is busy around me packing sleeping bags, a tent, cooking pots, cold weather clothing, water proof gear, and more stuff I don't have time to mention. Damien learned a few tricks on his backpacking journey out west last month and we are excited to try some of these ideas as a family.

I won't lie to you and tell you getting ready for this weekend has been hunky dory "bliss" (a word way over used in my opinion). This trip is our first fall backpacking adventure and managing our time to both get ready and maintain our school/household routine has... ahem, stretched me a bit. Especially this afternoon (take out pizza for supper).

In case you're wondering, "why bother maintaining a homeschool routine when so much is going on", I have a good reason to stay focused. From November 22 till the New Year the kids I will be taking a break from some of our school routine to make time for celebrating family birthdays and the holidays. To craft together, create Christmas gifts, and enjoy other seasonal goodness so I must be as diligent as I can in preparation for those six weeks of "school vacation".

As I was typing this the family wanted to check the weather and Celine just came over to take a look. The night time low on Friday night will be a chilly 15 F. Oh my. (Don't worry Mom we have warm enough gear).

Hope you're all having a great weekend. 

Photos from last weekend's hike up Kearsarge Mountain, North Conway, NH. Where we ate our lunch in the cozy fire tower/shelter at the summit and encountered a teensy storm at the top before heading back down. Such adventures!

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  • Rana

    Rana on Oct. 23, 2010, 11:39 p.m.

    Ohh! Bundle up you all. I hope you have a great weekend!

    Renee our family is going on it's first real camping/backpacking trip out west to Wyoming next summer. We are going to do some smaller trips around here too, but I was just wondering if you could or your hubby could give me some advice on well I don't know just about everything you need to know about camping. My husband used to camp with his family, but it's different when you are the mom and have to get things together. I'm going to go back through some of your older post and your other blog for any info I can find.

    Talk to ya soon!


    • renee

      renee on Oct. 25, 2010, 11:10 p.m.

      Rana, I see over at AdPro that you have found our resources there. Someday we would like to put together an e-book that is really hands-on, "how-to" have more adventures with your family outdoors. Unfortunately, no time right now to do that.  

      Also, although I am the mom I am definitely not the "get things together" one in our family with regards to the outdoors. Damien is in charge and I will do what needs to be done but I am not the list keeper for our outdoors life (phew). That being said, our preparations still involve a lot my effort but I'm not the one responsible. I just do what I'm told (smile).


  • Francesca

    Francesca on Oct. 25, 2010, 7:40 a.m.

    It tool me about 30 mins to dress my 3yo warmly this morning, with several layers. Isn't life so much easier in summer:)? Hope you stay warm and have fun!


  • Rebecca C

    Rebecca C on Oct. 26, 2010, 12:40 a.m.

    Oh my gosh, that leaf is gorgeous!

    15 degrees? Wow! Are y'all expecting snow soon? It was 83 degrees here today, so I can't even imagine it being that cold so soon. :P


  • Heather

    Heather on Oct. 27, 2010, 2:15 a.m.

    What GREAT pictures!! There must have been something in the air last week - so many blogging mamas went camping/hiking. I agree about the leaves. I'm in TX and we just don't get changes like that here. Thanks for sharing!! ~h


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